Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 43, Issue 6, pp 1757–1768 | Cite as

Solid-particle erosion behavior of high-performance thermoplastic polymers

  • Suresh Arjula
  • A. P. HarshaEmail author
  • M. K. Ghosh


Solid-particle erosion tests were carried out to study the effect of matrix material, impact angle, and impact velocity on the erosion behavior of seven types of thermoplastic neat polymers (i.e., polyetherimide, polyetheretherketone, polyetherketone, polyphenylene sulfide, polyethersulfone, polysulfone, and ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene). Steady-state erosion rates of these polymers have been evaluated at different impact angles (15–90°) and impact velocities (25–66 m/s). Silica sand of particle size 200 ± 50 μm was used as the erodent. These polymers have exhibited maximum erosion rate (Emax) at 30° impact angle indicating ductile erosion behavior. Some of these polymers have shown an incubation behavior at lower impact velocities for an impact angle of 90°. Correlations among steady-state erosion rate and mechanical properties and glass transition temperature (Tg) were established. Morphology of eroded surfaces was examined using scanning electron microscopy and possible wear mechanisms were discussed.


Erosion Rate Impact Velocity UHMWPE Erosion Resistance Ultrahigh Molecular Weight Polyethylene 



Acrylonitryl-butyldiene styrene


















Polymetyl methacrylate




Polyphenylene sulfide








Thermoplastic polyimide


Ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical Engineering, Institute of TechnologyBanaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiIndia

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